Kevin Ott

Kevin Ott is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience writing for a wide range of publications. He is the author of a non-fiction book released by publishing house BroadStreet Publishing in November 2016, called Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing, which explores common ground between the band U2 and the author C. S. Lewis. Kevin has written articles on many topics with specific expertise in music, guitar, and college.


Kevin earned his B.A. in Music Composition at the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003. He is an expert on the theory, notation, history, orchestration, and composition methods of music. He has composed numerous works, including symphonies, chamber pieces, and solo works for classical guitar. While earning his degree at UC Santa Barbara, he also studied sound engineering under the legendary computer music guru Curtis Roads. In 2012, Kevin recorded and released a full-length electronic pop/rock album Death, Be Not Proud.


With over 23 years of experience, Kevin is a guitar professional. Initially trained as a classical guitarist, he expanded his styles to include jazz, rock, funk, and gospel and has performed professionally in a variety of venues in the United States and internationally. He also plays bass guitar, with professional performance experience in jazz and rock. He has also had touring experience as a professional musician, including a national tour with indie rock band Biblioteca.


With experience in a variety of institutions from public universities to trade schools to private four-year colleges, Kevin has been actively involved in college campus life since 1999. In addition to attending a four-year university as a student, Kevin has worked in college administration for over ten years with an emphasis on financial aid. He is an expert on all matters concerning college financial aid, including scholarships, loans, the FAFSA, and the federal regulation that governs higher education. As a staff member actively engaged in student life, he has volunteered in a wide range of student projects, including photo shoots, films, and academic events. He co-founded a literary society with students and faculty, helped organize campus-wide literary events, and spoke as a guest lecturer on the life and works of C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Visit Kevin on Google+, his blog Stabs of Joy, or entertainment site Rockin' God's House, where he writes regularly about music topics.

Most Recent Contributions by Kevin Ott

Eagles of Death Metal

The American rock band Eagles of Death Metal (EODM) was formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California with Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, who is a ... Read More

G.O.O.D. Music Label Artists

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Toadlick Music Festival

The Toadlick Music Festival was a popular rock and roll and country music festival in Alabama launched in 2012. The festival featured big na ... Read More

Tortuga Music Fest

The Tortuga Music Festival brings together a wild combination of rock, country, and roots music to Fort Lauderdale, Florida every year for a ... Read More

Ultra Music Festival

Electronic dance music (EDM) fans regard the Ultra Music Festival as one of the premier music festivals in the world, if not the best. As an ... Read More

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